Date Published: 5 October 2006
NHS congratulated on progress on cancer waits (UK Govn)
UK Government looks to go further on cancer waiting times
The NHS has made excellent progress on reducing cancer waiting times is the key message of the National Cancer Director in his report 'Waiting times for cancer: progress, lessons learned and next steps'.
Looking at how the NHS has made progress towards achieving the 31 and 62 day targets, Professor Mike Richards has highlighted the commitment of NHS staff and Trusts. The NHS has re-designed the way it delivers services to ensure that patients are diagnosed quicker and treated faster.
Mike Richards' report says we should now consider how we can maximise the number of cancer patients benefitting from rapid assessment, diagnosis and treatment. This could potentially be achieved by extending the coverage of:
The two week wait target, for example include all patients referred
with breast problems, not just those deemed urgent by their GP
Professor Mike Richards said in his report:
Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt said;
The Department will shortly be seeking the views of senior healthcare professionals and the voluntary sector on how to go further on cancer waiting times.
Source: UK Government Department of Health.